“A tragedy is that moment where the hero comes face to face with his true identity” Aristotle According to Aristotle’s theory of a tragic hero, a tragic hero begins his/her journey with a rise to fame, has a tragic flaw, and that tragic flaw leads to the downfall. As Achebe’s historical drama novel, Things Fall Apart, unfolds it becomes evident that the novel’s protagonist, Okonkwo is a tragic hero through three typical traits: Okonkwo’s high stature, his tragic flaw of having the fear of being a failure, and a resulting downfall Okonkwo accords with Aristotle’s theory of tragic hero because of having a high stature. Even though Okonkwo was not of noble birth, he makes way through the ranks by acquiring multiple titles through his hard work. He starts his journey by achieving fame as a strong wrestler, as, at the age of 18 “he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat”, a great wrestler who unbeatable for seven years. “He [Okonkwo] did not have the start in life which many young men usually had.
Even his family life surrounds the idea of wealth, how it’s spent, what he earns. To Walter, wealth meant pride, it meant happiness, it meant a stable life. In a blind move, he had trusted the wrong people with his father's hard earned money only to lose it. When this happened, his life appeared to all crumble. The merry-go-happy man from when he got the money was no longer there, only a bitter shadow.
A continual fame Ron wished he could have. Throughout the first four books, it becomes evident that the Weasley’s are relatively poor, something Ron has had to struggle with all his life. He wears hand-me-downs, and endures mocking and ridicule because of his family’s status, yet his best friend is the most famous wizard in the entire wizarding world. By the time the name “Harry Potter” came out of the goblet, Ron was tired of it. He had trusted Harry immeasurably, but this caused him to feel cheated.
A tragic hero, Macbeth ultimately falls because of a poor judgement, and false interpretation. On the other hand, Beowulf, an epic hero, is greatly admired for his achievements. Macbeth falls to ambition and deception throughout the play fulfilling his role as a tragic hero, and Beowulf continues to push himself fearlessly, solidifying his part as the epic hero. Hero’s are not born, they are made, thus both Macbeth and Beowulf needed a beginning.
Okonkwo a Tragic Hero What is a tragic hero? According to Aristotle, a tragic hero is a literary, noble character who makes a judgment mistake that eventually leads to his/her downfall. In the book Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is our tragic hero. Okonkwo is considered a tragic hero due to his leadership and eventual nobility, his big reverse as a character, and his tragic flaws that lead to his downfall. First of all, Okonkwo starts off as a poor child, as shown when the book states, “Okonkwo did not have the start in life which many young men usually had, he did not inherit a barn from his father.
Willy never realized this and in turn it caused his mental health to deteriorate even more than it already had. While Linda enabled him, Willy could not help himself too keep ruining the good opportunities he had and turning them into some factious reality. At Willy`s funeral Biff comes to the realization that his father had all the wrong dreams and visions of success. Willy`s only dream was the fake “American Dream” that people believe will happen overnight. Willy`s failed attempts and happiness bonded into one and played a part into him creating this false reality and persona that he was the best salesman and that he was well loved by everyone around him.
The following analysis will investigate the dispositional factors which lead to the downfall of the protagonist Caius Marcius Coriolanus. Focusing on Coriolanus as a tragic hero and exploring the flaws which makes him one. Furthermore explaining his paradoxical nature which makes him such a fascinating character. This analysis will be based on the following question: “How does dispositional factors make Caius Marcius Coriolanus a tragic hero and eventually cause his
John Proctor: Tragic Hero or not? By definition a Tragic Hero is a literary character who makes a judgment error or come in contact with a fatal flaw that inevitably leads to his or her own destruction. John Proctor, a farmer in the play The Crucible, is debated as a tragic hero. John Proctor suffers from a tragic flaw that leads to his demise, that fatal flaw is his excessive pride. John Proctor suffers from a sense of excessive pride throughout the entirety of the play.
In many texts, a tragic figure contains aspects of a hero; they have power or other noble qualities. These types of tragic figures are held back by a tragic flaw, which contributes to their downfall and categorizes them as a tragic hero. However, some tragic figures do not have to obtain these qualities, but rather have qualities of normal people. Throughout “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman is presented as a tragic figure, illustrated through his dreams and suffering of himself and others, displaying the theme that the American Dream can drive one’s life out of control. A few key aspects of Willy cause the reader to classify him as a tragic figure.
In Sophocles’, Oedipus The King, Oedipus is depicted as a tragic hero who embodies many hamartia. Oedipus is a tragic hero because a tragic hero is a dynamic character who suffers for the good of his people, has a tragic flaw which leads to a downfall, and experiences many hardships. He continually causes problems for himself and further advances the central conflict of the story. Furthermore, Oedipus’ hubristic nature, quick temper, and determination depict him as a tragic hero and lead to his tragic downfall. Oedipus’ inflated self-image and ego reflect his hubristic attitude.
I disagree with the author that Chris McCandless was a crazy person, a sociopath, and an outcast, but even though he was very bright, he made some decisions. Before entering the wild Chris had just recently graduated from college with his degree. He was an intelligent student without any street smarts. Upon his departure, he left behind his sister whom he loved very much and his parents who he was upset with. That was a feeling he had especially about his father.
Christopher McCandless left presuming to leave his old life behind, change his name, make a new life for himself and live off the wild. Chris gave everything he owned away, leaving himself with nothing but a dream to go to Alaska. His remembrance of his past has left him with a deep feeling of being unwanted by his parents past and present. From his parents arguing about little things to going on his first road trip to where he grew up in California and learning about how his dad was cheating with his mom and had a son with his other wife, it really disturbed him giving him very mixed feelings. This ultimately lead to him wanting a new life away from his past.
The majority of his perspectives on life and society originated from the hatred that he felt towards his parents; he opposed all that they wanted for him. In the event that Chris would have forgiven them, he likely would 've came back home. At the end of the film, when he is dying slowly, Chris realizes that “Happiness is only real when shared.” (Into the Wild). This is the most important quote of the movie because his entire journey was to find his happiness and discover himself. Looking back from the beginning of the trip when he meets many interesting strangers who helped him to friends he made along the way.
To begin, there is a dramatic difference between an anti-hero and a tragic hero. According to the Dictionary, an anti-hero is a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose. Sometimes they can even be such an odd character that they would fall along the lines of acting like a villain. Whereas a tragic hero is a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. The archetype anti-hero fits the description of the Underground Man perfect.